Wed Jan 18, 2006
On vigil again...
At 12th Night-
I was up behind the thrones taking pictures of Oriana's Pelican ceremony, and after it was over, I returned to the area off to the side of the room where most of the Ulfredsheim folks were. No sooner had I gotten back there, I was then called into court myself. It wasn't until I realized that the Pelicans were still up there that I knew I was about to be put on vigil. Afterwards, Kateline stopped me on the way back and said hang on for a second. Then they called in Penelope Violette and put her on vigil. Earlier, our household member Gulenay had been put on vigil for Laurel.
So, I'll probably do it at May Crown, since Penny and Gulenay are doing theirs there. There'll probably be a big contingent of 3M folks and Ulfredsheim folks there, despite the fact that we're getting to be be wimps about camping out that early in the season, especially east of the Cascades.
Wed Jan 12, 2005
We're back from Twelth Night. On the way up, it was like driving across a line in the Skagit valley, on one side the ground was bare, on the other, snow. Within 500 feet there was 2 inches of snow. It was the edge of the cold air spilling down from the Fraser valley. By the time we got to Bellingham there were about 8 or 9 inches of snow on the ground. At least we didn't have to have to deal with the snow much as we stayed indoors most of the time.
A couple weeks before, I finished carving the master for the new Goutte medallions. Torfin helped me cast a bronze master and then I made a mold from it. In the last week, I made a bunch of Gouttes, Jambes and Forget-Me-Nots to deliver to TRMs. More...
Sat Sep 11, 2004
Well, new to me, anyway. It's a 34-string Cambria, a gift from a friend. It needed a new soundboard and some other repairs, which would have been fairly expensive. He gave it to me because I repair and build harps, and he didn't want to deal with it - he's got several other harps. So thank you, Brad - I'll give it a good home and fix it up!
I'll tear it apart soon, make a new soundboard for it, and in the process, make it look a little more "period" with some of the decoration and metalwork derived from the Trinity College and Ballinderry harps.
Here I am playing it at the Beaverton Farmers Market demo that Three Mountains and Dragons Mist did today. Being a "low-head" variety like my other harps, it's pretty compact for a 34-string harp. I actually hold it about a foot off the ground to play - I'm 6'3". Gotta make a stand for it, too.
Sat Jul 24, 2004
The CD is out!
My first tunes on a CD are out! "Muse of the Lion", the benefit for Duke Tjorkill, is now available for sale. Everyone involved with this project donated their time and talents for a worthy cause - here's the info site and purchasing information!
Sat May 15, 2004
It's tourney season again, and also there seems to be a lot of demos recently. I did one last week at Irvington School for the 1st and 2nd graders. We had costumes and fighters as well as myself with the harp. I think of all the different ages I've done demos for, I like the young children the best, they're so into the idea of knights and castles, and magic is still real. And they haven't developed the jaded attitude that some teenagers get.
We did a demo yesterday for SWIFT, a charity group. They're based in Clark County, Washington and raise money for several childrens charities as well as Habitat for Humanity. We provided entertainment for several hundred people who were dressed to the nines - black-tie and evening gowns - before and after the charity auction. More...
Thu May 13, 2004
Music and Glass
For the last several weeks, I've been working with Qada'an. She is Baroness Isrith's apprentice. She's got a wonderful voice, I've been teaching her some tunes, and she's been teaching me some. We're about to start performing together, first time will be this weekend. I'll be playing harp on the slower tunes and bodhran on the faster ones.
Tonight we had 3M's A&S Night at out house. We had a bunch of folks working in my shop, making glass beads. Mistress Leah, Rafny Garansdottir, Tekla, Reginleif, Baroness Khalja, Svava and Hrafnir all were busy making beads. It got mighty warm in the shop with 6 torches and a kiln going, though.